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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

East Elmhurst

PS 2 in East Elmhurst will be expanded, modular unit to be removed

Twenty years after it was installed to ease overcrowding at PS 2 in East Elmhurst, officials announced the modular building in the school yard will finally be removed, and replaced with a permanent indoor learning space for students. Comment
Bayside

Vallone relaunches senior transportation program

After great success in the first go-around, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced the relaunch of the senior transportation program in partnership with Selfhelp Community Services Inc. and Four Two’s car service. The program will officially restart Nov. 13 and will be focused on providing transportation for seniors to attend medical appointments. Vallone started the extremely popular program earlier this year and introduced the program as an innovative travel alternative. Comments (1)
Bayside

Vallone announces four-year plan for Korean community support

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) unveiled his four-year plan with leaders of the Korean community within his district last week and said it will focus on providing support to small businesses, particularly Asian- American concerns. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

St. Albans

Meeks meets with constituents in St. Albans

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) held a quarterly meeting with his constituents bright and early Monday morning to discuss local, city, state, national and international issues, which could affect them. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Green Party’s Francois runs grassroots campaign for Council seat

Frank Francois, a former general contractor and public adjuster, is running against incumbent City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and he wants to reorganize city government by giving power back to the people through his grassroots campaign. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside honors community advocate Lily Gavin with street co-naming

More than 150 Sunnyside residents attended a street co-naming Saturday to honor Lily Gavin, a beloved community leader with strong political ties who died in July 2016 at the age of 85. Comment
Letters

MTA board members should stand to test out life without seats

There is more to “It Does Look Bare Without Seats, Maybe A Mural Would Help” (Editorial Cartoon -- Oct. 13). Removal of corner seats on A, E, F & R line subway cars to accommodate more riders is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig. Comments (3)

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Flushing

Flushing High School staff to reapply for their jobs

Flushing High School is facing major staff changes. Comments (7)
Hurricane Relief

Transit recovery slow after Sandy

Five years after Superstorm Sandy has left transit infrastructure still awaiting overhauls from water damage while agencies sit on federal funds for East River Tunnel repairs. But some communities have used the trials of public transportation following the devastation as a springboard into new ways of getting around. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Renovated Bulova Park gets new name

The city will renovate and rename a popular Jackson Heights park and rename it to honor the achievements of a longtime community advocate. Comment
Jamaica

LinkNYC kiosks showcase southeast Queens artists

It’s been two years since the launch of LinkNYC citywide and the free Wi-Fi connection service has truly been utilized by businesses in Jamaica, and now by local artists. Comment
Bayside

West African art the focus of Queensborough Community College’s Art Gallery

Traditional African Art: The Liren Wei Collection opened at the QCC Art Gallery Oct. 18 and is running through Nov. 30. Comment
Whitestone

Co-op tax increases must come to an end

I recently received a flier from my co-op notifying residents that we are getting an increase in carrying charges, mainly due to a 7 percent increase in real estate taxes. Comments (4)

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Hurricane Relief

Residents of Breezy Point, rest of Rockaways restore lives, homes and hope

Tommy McGee lives in the bungalow next to his home in Rockaway Park. Five years ago Hurricane Sandy flooded his beachfront neighborhood and rammed wooden boardwalk chunks into the metal fence in front of his house and the subway station down the street. Comment
Jamaica

Library fines wiped out for teens and under in Queens

Avid readers under the age of 17 can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to borrowing books at their favorite libraries in Queens, Brooklyn and New York. Comment
St. Albans

Pols say ‘Vote No’ on state charter changes

Democratic and Republican legislative lawmakers want their constituents to Vote No on a referendum on the back of the Nov. 7 general election ballot to change the New York State Constitution. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Mel Brooks classic comes to Royal Star Theatre

After Royal Star Theatre produced the dramatic musical, “Little Women,” in the spring, they wanted to switch gears and do a lighthearted musical comedy for the fall. There were several options under consideration, but the choice was an easy one to make. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Kew Gardens

Center for the Women of New York’s conference covers variety of topics

The Center for the Women of New York held a conference last week at Queens Borough Hall where women’s rights in and out of the workplace was the main topic. Comment
Police from the 115th Precinct are searching for three men who allegedly robbed a Jackson Heights cellphone store Tuesday. Comment
Jamaica

Queens DA’s office helps clear summons with Second Chance Warrant Forgiveness Program

The Allen Lawyers Guild teamed up with the Queens district attorney’s office to sponsor the Second Chance Warrant Forgiveness Program Saturday at Jamaica’s Greater Allan A.M.E Cathedral. Comment
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall’s Garifuna Collective attracts music lovers from across the borough

A beaming Ellen Kodadek, the executive and artistic director of Flushing Town Hall, grabbed some video shots with her phone of the exuberant crowd dancing to Umalali and The Garifuna Collective at a recent performance at Flushing Town Hall. Comment
Basketball

Kyvallos signature unveiled at Queens College Basketball Court

The signature of Lucille Kyvallos was unveiled at the basketball court of Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium Oct. 14. The unveiling was a long time coming and finally came to fruition after several years. Comment

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Flushing

Pols push for bus safety bill that would set tighter regulations for private charter drivers

Following the deadly Flushing bus crash last month, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and state Sen Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) announced a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would set new requirements for private bus operators and their drivers. Comment
Broad Channel

Mayor touts ‘steady progress’ for Build It Back initiative

Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City five years ago Oct. 29, 2012 and as that anniversary approached Mayor Bill de Blasio released a report Monday on the progress of his Build It Back initiative. Comment
Bellerose

Bellerose man killed on LIE as he stands by his car

A 20-year-old Bellerose man has died following a car accident Wednesday on the Long Island Expressway, police said. Comment
Jackson Heights

City will ban trucks making deliveries during rush hour on Roosevelt Avenue

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new initiatives to help ease congestion in busy thoroughfares in all five borough and the new five-point plan will have a significant impact on Roosevelt Avenue when it is implemented in January. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Concannon campaigning for better government

City Council candidate Joe Concannon, a Republican, is running against Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) in the Nov. 7 election and has campaigned on the issue of patient oversight at state-run Creedmoor, which he claims has given patients too much freedom to come and go from the psychiatric institution. Comment
Government

City to begin crackdown on electronic bikes

During a series of town hall meetings over the last few weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has identified a growing safety and quality-of-life issue faced by New Yorkers: electronic bikes driven by restaurant delivery workers. Beginning Jan. 1 the NYPD will start seizing the bikes, which are illegal in the city, and fining the businesses that use them. Comments (1)
The New York City Department of Health has confirmed 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the downtown Flushing area in the past two weeks. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital offers free milk to mothers

Jamaica Hospital will be the first medical center in Queens to offer a free milk depot for mother’s struggling to breastfeed their babies, according to spokeswoman Xavia Malcolm. Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich video blasts Scala for rap career as youth

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) released a video on YouTube calling out his Democratic opponent for his role in a rap group producing lyrics in which sexist and racist remarks were often made alongside comments about committing violence against police officers and marijuana use. Comment
Event

Focus on Queens: Food, fun, and a drive-in movie

Check out some of the action in Queens from last weekend. Comment
Editorial

The best bargain

Queens College, the crown jewel of the CUNY system, opened its doors back in 1937 when a new house cost $4,100 and the average wage was $1,780 a year. Comment
Letters

Why you should vote no for Constitutional Convention

On Nov. 7, I plan on voting NO to Proposal 1 calling for a state Constitutional Convention for the following reasons. Comment
High Heat

Mets make right choice bringing in Mickey Callaway as manager

Well, this was certainly a surprise. The Mets agreed to terms with former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to become the club’s 21st manager. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Tenants in an Astoria dormitory won a temporary restraining order against their Christian non-profit landlord last week as their nearly year-long fight against eviction drags on. Their attorneys from the Legal Aid Society filed the request for an injunction in Queens Supreme Court following a recent series of tenant harassment incidents at a residential building run by the New York School of Urban Ministry. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria leaders call out MTA with elevators out of service as part of station renovations on N/W line

As fencing went up around the 36th and 30th Avenue N/W subway stations in Astoria Monday, the MTA began the first day of an eight-month shutdown for a $150 million four station overhaul. Outraged elected officials joined accessibility advocates and railed against the project. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

New boardwalk, ferry fuel Rockaway’s post-Sandy economic rebound

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a bold prediction after he toured the final section of the rebuilt Rockaway boardwalk with community leaders at Beach 32nd Street in Far Rockaway May 26. The mayor declared the $341 million project to reconstruct the 5-1/2-mile stretch spanning from Beach 9th Street to Beach 126th Street was finished on schedule and under budget and then he turned prognosticator. Comments (1)
Bayside

Smoke-free advocates announce new organization against tobacco use

The January victory of non-smokers at North Shore Towers has spurred a trend in northeast Queens with the creation of the Bayside Smokefree Housing Alliance. The announcement came at Tuesday news conference held at the office of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1)
Transit

Select Bus Service to expand into eastern Queens

Nine Select Bus Service routes will be launched throughout eastern Queens to transport tens of thousands of commuters, including 50,000 daily on the Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevard line to launch within the next year. Comments (3)
Long Island City

City of Gods promises spooky fun at Paper Factory Hotel

A Halloween experience like no other is coming to Long Island City this weekend. Think of it as a surreal, sometimes scary, sensuous adventure of endless possibility, filled with unexpected surprises and exotic entertainment. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

These aren’t your father’s Yankees

Tom Allon is a Met fan, but that doesn’t mean he can’t love these Baby Bombers. Comments (1)
Letters

Make sure to vote no on Proposal No. 1

On Nov. 7, voters will have three ballot proposals to consider as well as selecting candidates for various offices. Proposal #1 deals with whether the state should convene a Constitutional Convention to propose and consider various changes to the New York State Constitution. Comments (1)

Eagle Academy III soars and more football results in the borough

In a game that would allow one team to maintain their position among the top teams in the PSAL Bowl Conference, the Eagle Academy III football squad soared to a 28-0 victory over the Frank J. Macchiarola Sharks at Springfield Gardens Field. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

The New York City Department of Health has confirmed 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Downtown Flushing area in the past two weeks. Comments (1)
Flushing

New York City soccer club comes to Queens

The New York City Football Club, a professional soccer team that calls Yankee Stadium home, played its final regular season contest at Citi Field. Comments (3)
Corona ►Video

Woman steals dog in broad daylight in North Corona: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a woman who allegedly snatched a 2-year-old Shih Tzu dog in Corona last week. Comments (2)
Elmhurst

Reform Party unveils blueprint to solve shelter crisis

Several Reform Party candidates running for office in next month’s general election gathered outside the former Pan American hotel in Elmhurst Tuesday to present their comprehensive plan to combat the city’s homeless crisis. The blueprint was drafted by civic leader Robert Holden and urban planner Paul Graziano, both of whom are running for City Council seats on the Reform Party line. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

The NYPD has identified the victim of a gruesome and fatal hit-and-run in North Corona early Sunday morning. Comment
Woodside

Yonkers man arrested for allegedly groping a woman in Woodside: NYPD

Police have arrested a 27-year-old Yonkers man who allegedly groped a woman in Woodside last month, according to the NYPD. A 29-year-old woman was entering the No. 7 line subway station at 61st Street, just after 10 a.m. on Sept. 21, when Luis Maldonado is accused of approaching her from behind and grabbing her buttocks, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Man found dead in his Jamaica Estates home

A 28-year-old man was found dead in his Jamaica Estates home, according to police. Comment
Advertorial

BMCC: Start Here, Go Anywhere

More than 27,000 students from New York City and the world start at BMCC for an affordable, high-quality education that pays off. Read more…

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Police called off the search for two missing girls from Bayside as the 111th Precinct announced they had returned home to their families. The pair were believed to have been on their way to Central Park when they were reported missing Wednesday. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill home burglarized

The NYPD wants the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in the burglary of a home in Richmond Hill Oct. 12. Comments (1)

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